You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
It is estimated that these days about half the couples who marry each year opt to enjoy a honeymoon immediately after the wedding day. The other half wait until later, taking just a couple of days off after the big day to relax and enjoy some solitude.
Some will leave the honeymoon for six months to a year after their wedding. This is often because many couples put a significant amount of their own money into the wedding, the delayed honeymoon giving them extra time to rebuild their finances. Many incorporate the honeymoon into an extended overseas trip or into their "OE".
Honeymoons continue to take various forms.
Some couples like an extended stay in luxurious accommodation at a romantic spot where they can feel completely indulged before returning to work and day-to-day domesticity. Others enjoy travelling and may plan a six-week trip to take in the UK and Europe.
Others might settle for a destination not too far from home. Their choice may be anything from an upmarket lodge, hotel or motel to the rustic family crib.
Travel agents can advise on the vast selection of destinations within New Zealand and overseas, and recommend properties they know will turn on the very best for their clients.
There are favourite destinations such as Thailand and the various Pacific Islands. Among these are Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and the Fiji islands. Australia's Gold and Sunshine coasts are also popular, as are the various offshore island resorts.
Hawaii also attracts a growing number.
And while talking about overseas, many couples organise their weddings at exotic destinations such as the Cook Islands, Fiji and northern Australia. This is an option which became popular a few years ago and which some couples continue to take.